Sunday, 6 August 2017

Mermaid using Lavinia Stamps

I have had the BEST time today getting inky and indulging myself for a few hours with my trusty Lavinia stamps. Last night I created a few distress oxide backgrounds and I decided this one needed a pretty mermaid so I set to work this afternoon and this little scene soon emerged. 

My new stamping platform proved really useful for arranging my layout and meant I was able to accurately over stamp my mermaids tail in versamark and then emboss with some wow glitter powders. It really brought her to life!

The details were coloured with Twinkling H20's and nuvo drops added for dimension and I gave the orbs a glassy look with Glossy Accents.

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!


Saturday, 5 August 2017

Sparkle In The Rain

I have been so busy lately that I've had little time for crafting sadly. My mum has decided to give up crafting- boo!!! I have spent the last week or so desperately trying to re home a large portion of her stash and recoup her  some pennies for it. I cannot tell you how much it's pained me to see it first go from her craft room to my house, then from my little crafty space to other peoples homes, but I am glad to know it will all by loved by it's new owners and used, rather than sitting gathering dust at mums. As you can imagine, that's eaten huge amounts of my time between working and caring for my family and dogs too, but I am pleased to say I am winning the battle, which thrills me, no least because it's given me space at my table for a little creative play of my own. 

It's my birthday next weekend and mum knew I was coveting the Tim Holtz stamping platform ( who isn't?!), and she kindly sent me one and let me open it early. Pure torture as I unwrapped it and then got too swamped to use it! I've rectified that though at last, and here is the first card I have made using it.

I love this stamp set from Visible Image and when I played with my new distress oxides to create some backgrounds, this one just screamed rainy day, making this the perfect set to dig out and use. Once I had stamped my main image I used a mask and star stencil from Scrapmatts, along with some clear texture paste and glitter over the top. Then I used my platform to stamp the sentiment, embossing the word 'sparkle' with wow embossing glitters, layered in different colours. Some sparkly puddles finished the card off nicely.


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Friday, 4 August 2017

Craft Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog August DT Post

I've been busy scrap booking again this month, continuing with my family history album and this page is my DT inspiration  piece for the challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog.

This month we are kindly sponsored by Maja Design. Their papers are just beautiful so do take a look. 

I have given my page a vintage look. using lots of distress ink and my new favourite distress oxides. I can't wait for the next batch of colours to be released! They are so much fun to work with. The frame is one I have had a while, which I sprayed with shimmer spray. It worked perfectly with this gorgeous photo of my Great Auntie and her husband. I love vintage photographs so much. They all seemed to have such style back then. How I would have loved to live in such an elegant looking time. 

I hope I've inspired you to join in our challenge yourself. Anything goes as long as it is mixed media so lots of scope to play. 

I am entering this page in the following challenges:

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Crafts Galore Encore August Anything Goes Challenge DT Post

It's time for the August challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and this month we are kindly being sponsored by Beccy's Place. Beccy creates some wonderful digital images in both coloured and black and white for hand colouring so she really does offer the best of both worlds. The image I have chosen to use is actually a freebie, called 'Front Door' from her blog, which I hand coloured with copics and promarkers and added  a stone wall around the door with a stencil and distress ink. It's a prefect image for a new home card so I added a metal key to embellish. 


Thank you for popping by. Hope to see your entries in the challenge.


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Julia Spiri Fairy Houses ( Colouring Book Image) and Competition!!

Have you seen the new coloring book released recently by Julia Spiri? No? Well you may want to check it out as the images inside are just fabulous. Here is the link if you fancy treating yourself( click here ), but if you're feeling lucky then I have good news- Julia is giving away a copy of the book  in a Facebook share and comment competition over on her fan page. Just click on this link, and go to the giveaway post, comment there and share the post to be in with a chance to win.

The book is a pleasure to colour in, with good quality pages. This page is coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils. I love these cute houses. Wouldn't you just love to live in one!

Thanks for popping by to take a look at my colouring. Don't forget you can also pop to the blog to see what the rest of the team have been up to with some of the images from the book. 

Happy colouring!


Friday, 7 July 2017

Creative Artiste July Challenge DT Post Sponsored by Scrapmatts

I have been busy working on some scrapbooking lately, documenting previous generations of my family in an album for future generations to look back on. It's a big task, but I am chipping away at it and my DT project for Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog has enabled me to get another page done, using elements from our wonderful sponsor Scrapmatts

The rather elegant lady featuring on this page is my grandmother. She is framed with a chipboard frame from Scrapmatts, which I painted and then added gilding wax to. I distressed my my backing paper with walnut stain distress ink before adding adhesive fabric, a stamped doily, and various laces to create layers and a vintage feel. I finished off with a mixture of pre an hand made flowers ( created from old wallpaper samples) , nuvo drops, some metal embellishments and a little Scrapmatts wooden tile that says 'family'.

I hope that my Gran and I have inspired you to join our challenge this month. Anything goes as long as it's mixed media so lots of scope to get creative! I look forward to seeing your projects. And don't forget to click across to the blog to see what my team mates have been making too. Their projects are all amazing!

Challenges I am entering:

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Princess of Tea- Julia Spiri New Release

It's new release day over at Julia Spiri and always it's bound to make you smile. This beautiful lady is called The Princess of Tea and you can find her here. Doesn't she just make you want to throw a Summer garden party? 

I teamed her up with some shabby chic papers from my stash, which I faux stitched. No tea party is complete without a doily, cake and fancy cups so I added those to embellish. 


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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Crafts Galore Encore July Challenge DT Post

Helloooooo! Wow the last month went fast, but here we are again with a brand new challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and this month we are sponsored by the brilliant Oddball Art. If you haven't heard of this comapny do check it out. The digis are fabulously unique and a little bit quirky!

I have created a card using Alice the Artist, colouring her with a combination of copics and promarkers. I have kept my card simple this time, layering up some pretty paper and washi tape underneath and adding gems to the punched corners. 

We would love to see your entries- it doesn't have to be a card as anything goes.


Thanks for popping by 


Saturday, 17 June 2017

You're Out of This World

It's a scorcher here is Hampshire today and while I love the sunshine, I hate the heat with a passion, so I kind of of wish I was in another world today ( or at least a cooler one!), Which leads me neatly into the theme for today's card I am sharing. 

I've been in a bit of a creative slump recently, and today I was itching to get crafting, and for a while it just wasn't happening ( don't you just hate it when that happens!). Then I remembered a background I made a while ago when idly playing and had an idea. I dug out my trusty box of stamps from Visible Image ( always guaranteed to inspire so check them out yourself on the link) and this card came to life. I just love these stamps , which I believe are sadly retired now. They are perfect for boys cards and artwork. 

The background was created with brushos, glossy accents, gilding wax and splatters of acrylic paint. It just screamed outer space to me when I created it. I love brushos as you never quite know what you're going to end up with, which makes the creative process so much fun!


Have a great weekend



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Celebrating Pride Art Journal Spread

It's been a while since I've played in my art journal but this week I felt the urge to throw some brusho's about and see what happened and I have to say I am really proud of the result. The bright colours thrown out by those amazing pigment paints just sang rainbows to me, and little rainbows have been popping up all over my Facebook news feed recently in celebration of Pride month. Those little emojis.  coupled with a very unnecessary thread and predjudiced thread about the LGBT community on a creative group I belong to today, kick started my creative process and this spread somehow emerged magically.

 The main image was one I saved a while ago from a National Trust magazine. I knew one day it would just work for me, and today it did!! Point proven yet again that a crafters hoarding is never in vain!

Products used were:

Brusho paints
Dylusion Paints
Paperartsy border stamps
Visible Image stamps
Wow embossing powders and versamark
Zig water colour pens
Charcoal pencil
Nuvo drops
Black fineliner


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Friday, 2 June 2017

Creative Artiste June Challenge #27 DT Post

So I have some exciting news that I have been sitting on and I am finally able to share it with you today- yippee!! I am now a proud member of the design team over at Creative Artiste! I am SO thrilled to have been invited to join the incredibly talented ladies on the team and hope that I can do this fab challenge blog justice with my projects and inspire you to join in with your own mixed media projects. 

So, without further ado, here is my debut piece for the June challenge #27.

This month the challenge is kindly sponsored by Judy McKay, who is offering this great prize of stamps and dies, which is also the theme for the challenge this time. 

I have used stamps and dies from the new Alchemy collection by Sheena Douglass. I fell in love with them the moment that I saw them and just had to treat myself. My 11yr old daughter loves Harry Potter and wants her bedroom decorated in a magical style, so I have created a canvas for her wall. 

I used texture paste and a dragon and stars stencils on my prepared canvas to add some dimension, and then sponged a variety of dark and metallic paints over the top of the whole thing until I had a good coverage. Then I highlighted the pasted areas with gilding polish. The different elements were die cut and stamped, and coloured with dylusions inks ,aqua tint inks, distress oxides and distress pens- so a right mix! Some acetate added a real glass touch to the magnifying glass, and I clear embossed over the bottles to create the same effect on them. 

I hope you've enjoyed looking at my work and I have inspired you to join in the challenge. 


Thanks for popping by


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge DT Post

It's time for a new Anything Goes challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and this month we are kindly sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle

I chose to work with the great set of coloured digital images called Espresso Yourself- they were just perfect for my coffee loving husband for our wedding anniversary recently. I kept my card clean and simple so it really focused on the lovely image and sentiment. 

We would love to see your entries so do pop across and join in if you can, and also take a look at the creations made to inspire by my talented teamies too. They are all lovely!


A Bit More Time to Craft #45 Anything Goes
A Perfcet Time o Craft #06 Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge June- Anything Goes
Connie Can Crop- Its a Guy Thing
Crafty Hazelnuts June Challenge- Patterned Paper

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Julia Spiri Coloring Book Release!!

It's finally time to spill the beans on a secret I have been so excited about! The oh so talented Julia Spiri has released her very first colouring book ( you can find it here on Amazon) , and I have been privileged enough to get to colour one of the exclusive images from it , Whimsical Fairy,  to share with you. 

I adore fairies and so working on this was a real treat for me. It's a beautifully detailed image with lots to enjoy as you colour.

I couldn't resist popping my finished piece on a card of course, but I am very much looking forward to colouring her again when I am the proud owner of my own copy of this book. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to stop by Julia's Facebook page where you can share your own colourings and projects with us. We would love to see them. You can also see what the rest of my team mates have been working on over on the blog too. 

Thanks for stopping by


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sheena Douglass Alchemy Art Journal Page

It's rare that I watch the selling channels on TV but when I saw the new Alchemy range of stamps and dies from Sheena Douglass I had to have them so tuned in to her shows last weekend and hit the purchase button. I've been stalking the postie ever since, and pleased to say he arrived yesterday with these beauties! I fear he may now be deaf after hearing my squeals of delight, but wouldn't you screech if this lot arrived on your mat too?!

So much to choose from that I wasn't sure what to make first. In the end I opted for an art journal page. Over on Sheena's Inkette's Facebook fan page there's a challenge of creating something with the focus being silhouettes, so I wanted to have a go at that. This is what I came up with. The fairies are also Sheena stamps that I have had kicking around for ages. I adore fairies so must admit I felt a bit mean trapping them in potion bottles! 

I can't wait to play again tomorrow. These stamps have SO many possibilities. 

Thanks for popping by to take a look


Monday, 1 May 2017

Crafts Galore Encore April Challenge

Wow March went fast! April is now upon us so it's time for a new Anything Goes challenge at Crafts Galore Encore.

This month we are kindly sponsored by Star Stampz and Ppinky Dolls. I have been working with Cinderella from Star Stampz. She's so adorable and was great fun to colour with my copics and promarkers.

I kept my card fairly simple , just using an old but pretty paper from my stash, adding crowns and some bling.

I hope I've inspired you to play along. 


Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Whimsy- A New Release by Julia Spiri

I'm delighted to be sharing with you my creation for this weeks new release by Julia Spiri. She's called 'Whimsy' and was so much fun to colour ( you can find her here) . I used my spectrum noir pencils ( for the first time in ages! I felt a bit rusty but I was happy with how she turned out.) The background was made with water colour pencils.

The embellishments are printed from Julia's Sea Clip Art set. If you haven't seen her watercolour clip art do check it out. It's perfect for digital and paper crafting and so so pretty. 


Thanks for stopping by 


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Time Traveller Mixed Media Steampunk Canvas

You may remember my excitement at receiving some of my new Time Traveller goodies from Sheena Douglass last week. When I squealed rather loudly on Facebook that they had arrived, my friend ( and fellow crafter) Rachel cheekily suggested I make her something. I couldn't refuse that request- any excuse to get messy and creative gets my attention! Like me, Rachel makes a lot of cards ( she's also a colouring book artist- check her out here), and while I knew she would apreciate a card, I wanted to do something a little bit more special for her so decided to have a go at a steampunk canvas.

I know Rachel wanted a tutorial, and lucky for her I snapped a few pics along the way, so here is how I did it. 

The first step was to embellish my canvas board. After applying texture paste through a stencil and some paper, I die cut some cogs ( these aren't from the Time Traveller set as I am still waiting on those but luckily I have other cog dies in my collection that did the job), the propeller from the set, and added some resin birds, a grunge board flourish and a chipboard man. I also used my melt pot to make nuts and a key. 

When the glue was dry, I went to town covering the entire piece in black gesso. Messy but so much fun! 

When the gesso was dry it was time to add some colour. I used some cheap acrylic copper paint, and some silver, which I added some gorgeous blue pigment powder to in order to create a rusting look. To dry brush you only need a teeny amount , then just work it over the project until happy. 

I really liked this effect, but wanted more shimmer and sheen and a metallic look, so I spritzed randomly with Cosmic Shimmer sprays and then used gilding wax to highlight some areas and really make the texture pop. 

The final step was to die cut the balloon and stamp it, which I also heat embossed with copper. I coloured the balloon with distress inks and glued it firmly in place, using the flourish as the smoke. I added the sentiment stamp 'Set Your Own Course' which just feels very appropriate for Rachel as she's certainly a lady who does just that.

I must admit I was so thrilled with the final piece that I almost didn't send it to her ( I did make her promise to send it back if she hated it, but of course she loves it- damn!). Guess I'll just have to make another for myself now!


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Sheena Douglass Time Traveller Collection

I have coveted the Sheena Douglass Time Traveller collection of stamps and dies since I first saw them being promoted on her fan page on Facebook and demo'd on Hochanda. At the time sadly my craft penny pot was empty though so I had to resist. This week Crafters Companion are running a great deal on part of the set , and it was far too good to pass up so I treated myself, and then I saw someone on a craft selling page on Facebook selling the others at a bargain price, and my amazing husband offered to buy them for me- what a star!! The CC one's haven't arrived yet, but here's what I have been up to with the ones that Chris got for me. 

This collection is perfect for using with the new Ranger Distress Oxide inks, which is what I used to create the background to the first card. I spritzed the inks and smooshed brown card in it until I was happy, then dried off. I used a mask to create the wall effect with regular Walnut Stain distress ink. Then I applied copper gilding wax to some brown card and die cut cogs, which I then dabbled with some diluted gold paint with mica in to give a rusty effect. 

I stamped the Thamgamabob image on water colour card and painted with Aquatint inks, and mat and layered onto coordinating cardstock.

I am entering 'Thingamabob' into the following challenges:

For my second card I used the hot air balloon die and stamp set as my main feature. I love hot air balloons and have been fortunate enough to take 2 flights in the past, so this is definitely one close to my heart. Again I used distress oxide, in blue and green shades to represent the earth, and then die cut the shape before stamping and embossing in copper on to it. 

I used a paper from Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells collection which I tore the edges to and distressed to add to the aged look I was hoping to achieve. Stamped onto this in Versamark and used a combination of Micaboss and gilding flakes, and Perfect Pearls to add the compasses, and sprinkled Frantage embossing powder around on top. I had another piece of card with oxides on that complimented it well ( I actually have a pile- they are addictive!) so dry embossed that and ran over the top with metallic gilding wax. The propeller is also from the collection, which again I heat embossed for added texture. 

I am entering this balloon card into the following challenges:

I have so many more ideas for this amazing collection so watch this space. I just need the postie to hurry up and bring the rest now. I don't do patience well- especially when there is crafty goodness involved!

Have a great weekend


Friday, 14 April 2017

Altered Brusho Box

Happy Good Friday folks! I hope you all have a nice day planned ( that includes eating  copious amounts of hot cross buns of course!). I have had this entire Easter week off work which has been lovely as it's given me plenty of time to get my teeth into a project I have had sitting in my cupboard to make for over 2 years now. Pretty shocking eh? Well, I've finally put it right and am pleased to be able to share my finished Brusho's box at last. 
The MDF kit was from Candy Box Crafts. It was easy to put together, although I found it a tad fiddly holding it in place while the glue dried,  but it was well worth the effort to be able to store my bits and bobs in something that makes me smile. 

The backing papers were made with Dylusions sprays- I just adore working with these. So vibrant! I didn't really have a plan in mind, but then I never do. I tend to be a 'get everything out and wait for inspiration to strike' kinda gal. All I knew for this was that I wanted to use some of my collection of stamps from Visible Image. Their stamps were made for mixed media work so if you haven't seen them before do click the link and check them out. 

I set to work with masks, stencils, paint and embossing powders and of course the stamps, and soon had a selection of cut pieces I was happy with and the whole thing came together like magic before my eyes. The drawers dont come supplied with knobs, but I had these cute little knocker style ones I picked up at Ally Pally last Sept  from the Every Crafts A Pound stand which did the job beautifully once I had altered the colour with alcohol ink to make them more funky and less vintage looking. 

Side View



Side view


I hope you have a great Easter weekend. Thanks for popping in to see what I have been up to.


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Crafts Galore Encore April Challenge

I'ts April 1st which means not only are the April Fool's jokes going about, but it's also time for a new Anything Goes challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore. This month we are kindly sponsored by A Day For Daisies and the prize is a generous $12 voucher for the store. 

I have chosen to work with the cute Bot Four digi. I love him for boys cards! I teamed him with some robot papers from my stash to co ordinate with him perfectly. 

Do pop across and join in if you can. It would be lovely to see your creations. 


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Bloobel Progressive Challenge - Easter Parade Judy

It's Mothering Sunday here in the UK today and after enjoying a gorgeous cooked breakfast made for me by my daughters I spent a perfect afternoon indulging myself at the craft table. 

I coloured Easter Parade Judy last week and she has sat patiently waiting to go on a card and take part in the Bloobel progressive challenge over on Facebook, so she was my first project. I made a simple, cheerful Easter card and decorated her bonnet with teeny eggs so she's all set to join the parade.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Coffee Bath by Bloobel Stamps

I love the quirky stamps Lisa at Bloobel stamps produces and when I saw this image that she's release as a subscriber image for her new Troo Bloo Club I had to sign up and snag her for myself. 

I had the perfect sentiment, from Bee Crafty, which also mentions wine, so I added a little glass and wine bottle stamp to make it work even more. I love my coffee, wine and bath so to combine all three is heaven!


Right, I'm off to play with more Bloobel cuties. Have a great Sunday folks!


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Julia Spiri New Release- Bird In Cage

Yet again Julia has pulled an amazing new image out of the bag for this month's new release. She's called Bird In Cage and you can find her here in Julia's Etsy shop

I love steampunk almost as much as I love the beautiful girls Julia draws , so this was a perfect image for me to work with. I coloured her in copics, and teamed her with some vintage papers from my stash and a hand made flower. The sentiment is from a free set I recently received with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine. 

Julia has also been busy creating some amazing watercolour clip art for use in your projects, which you can find here. Her watercolour art is perfect for printing and fussy cutting or using in digital projects- so versatile!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

If you want to see what the rest of the DT have created this time around do pop by the challenge blog where you will find a whole host of inspiration. 

Thank you for stopping by